RIP Tom Sims

One of the big three when it comes to snowboard history and the inventor of the modern freestyle snowboard, Tom Sims has passed away. Sources report Sims suffered a heart attack on September 12th. He was 62. Thank you for helping to build the sport we all love. Rest in Peace.

Photo: Bud Fawcett

Tom Sims, snowboarding legend and pioneer, died yesterday, September 12, 2012 near his home at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Sims suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

Sims is survived by his wife Hilary, sister Margie Sims Klinger of Santa Barbara, sons Tommy and Shane, daughter Sarah and step daughters Alexa and Kylie Wagner.

Sims built the first “skateboard for the snow” in 1963 and founded the SIMS® brand in 1976. He continued to revolutionize the sport of snowboarding for nearly four decades. Sims brought several industry firsts to the world of snowboarding including the first snowboard, first metal edge snowboard, first pro-model snowboard, first women’s specific snowboard and the first folding highback bindings. In addition to a lengthy list of podiums throughout his professional career, Sims was the primary snowboarding stunt double for “007” Roger Moore in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. Throughout the years, he continued to be a driving force within SIMS, leading the growth and progression of the brand.

The Sims family wishes for all memorial donations to be directed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Online donations can be made in Sims honor here. The family will not be granting interviews at this time.

Tom’s accomplishments speak for themselves. A true pioneer, Tom brought forward thinking concepts and innovations that forever changed the landscape of the snow and skate

  • rombert curluso


  • squares

    Massive respect.

  • John

    A true godfather of the sport

  • tylerflanagan

    RiP Tom. such a good dude sad to see him go. always in our hearts.

  • JP Walker

    Such a great man…. R.I.P.

  • cwill

    The only yobeat post that doesnt get talked mad shit on, respect.

  • KRush

    Thanks for everything Tom…much respect.

  • Obama

    i aprove this message. RIP

  • loosesack

    heroes get remembered. but legends never die. R.I.P

  • poopsticks

    The snowboard world will never be the same.

  • Minnesotanice

    we lost a great man. thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • LA

    RIP Tom, growin a proper mustache for this winter

  • Mckayla Maroney

    RIP Tom, you join the legends who since left this world in a better place. Good luck!

  • first board ever- Sims All Mountain 125cm

  • stingygoose

    there you have it folks, it wasn’t all Burton. RIP

  • TheSWORD!

    Every beer we put back tonight we put up a cheers for Tom Sims. Motherfucking legend that we will all remember.

  • RIP Tom Sims. Jerm can’t even post on this cause his hatred for everything is inevitable.

  • Lick Nipton

    Poar one out for Tom Sims.
    RIP my man.

  • If you look under ‘radical’ in the dictionary you will see Tom’s smiling face. Give Craig that long awaited hug and all our fallen friends a high 5. NEVER FORGET!